We are one month into the baseball season and so far we have seen a few unexpected things. The Angels are off to a very slow start, even with the addition of Josh Hamilton to that potent lineup. The Royals yes the Royals, are at the top of the AL Central. The Red Sox, not the Blue Jays, lead the AL East with Baseball’s best record. The Rockies, even though they seemed to get snowed out every other home game, lead the NL West.
However, one thing that has lived up to expectations is the hit or miss offense of the Atlanta Braves. Despite getting off to a 12-1 start, the Braves appear to be a team incapable of playing small ball to generate offense. Injuries and slow starts have certainly hampered the cause but this is the Braves team that most expected, and at the same time feared would be the case.
Catcher Brian McCann has yet to take the field though he should come off the DL soon. 1B Freddie Freeman got off to a great start but soon went on the DL and has struggled since his return. RF Jason Heyward is currently on the DL with no timetable set for his return, but he too was struggling even while playing everyday. Justin Upton has been as good as advertised leading the NL in HR’s but the same can’t be said for his brother BJ who is currently hitting around .130. Dan Uggla continues to be Dan Ugly as he hovers around the .160 mark, and even rookie out of nowhere Evan Gattis has cooled since his torrid start in the early part of April.
GM Frank wren continues to build a team that only the late Orioles manager Earl Weaver could love, get a couple of guys on base and hope for a long ball. The problem is there never seems to be anyone on when these home runs are hit. Braves fans should get used to the letters K and HR, they are sure to see a lot of both this summer. Too bad this is probably not a recipe for postseason success, if they make it that far.